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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Montana's distilled spirit industry continues to grow


From Triple Divide Vodka and Gin, to Montana Mountain Moonshine, to Orphan Girl, liquor is flowing in Big Sky Country.

Montana's latest micro-distillery industry resulted from state legislation in 2005; tasting rooms came about two years later.

Now Montana has 16 distilleries, including Triple Divide Spirits in Helena.

Owner Karen Powell and her husband JP Crowley already owned a business before raising their glass to their new venture more than two years ago, making vodka and gin from Montana wheat with variations offered in their tasting room.

Karen noted, "We do a really great toasted oak vodka and toasted oak gin, and so those are soaked products that are a little bit more similar to a whiskey style."

About 20 miles east off of Highway 12, in Winston, stands a historic storehouse, the inspiration for Montana's newest micro distillery.

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